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Superfast Broadband – latest

Councillor Park-Weir has sent out the following regarding superfast broadband in the village.

We would like to take this opportunity to keep you informed of the latest developments in the project to bring faster broadband to the village and we ask you to respond the questions indicated below; your help will enable the parish council to approach this issue is a way that best reflects the wishes of Ellisfield residents.

The Parish Council are continuing our efforts to bring faster broadband to all properties and business within the village. As it stands today the properties in the North are included in the Hampshire scheme (Wave 2) and are expected to get an improved service by the end of 2018. However there is no plan from Hampshire Council in place to bring faster broadband to the South of the village.

The Parish Council does not believe it is acceptable for there to be no plan to improve service to the South of the village and we intend to put pressure on Hampshire County Council, our County Councillors and our MP to get a solution for Ellisfield South.

The additional cost of BT’s basic faster broadband services vs what we get from BT today is likely to be between £6 and £10 per month and approx. £20 set up fee. We are also exploring the potential for faster broadband service from other suppliers to provide competition other than BT, allowing residents to choose from alternative providers with different options and prices. Once we have faster broadband then residents may want to sign up for additional services, streaming TV, sport, telephone or movies, although these may bring further additional costs.

The Parish Council will make sure that all responses are confidential and that we fulfil our duty to protect your information and privacy although as there is a case that it might be valuable to collectively share the information both inside the community and with prospective broadband suppliers please indicate if you are happy for us to do so.

Please answer the 3 questions below

We would be greatly helped with our efforts if we have an indication of the likely uptake of improved service once it is deployed.

Please can send an email to clerk@ellisfield.gov.uk answering the following questions:

Question 1

My name, address and home phone number is:

Question 2

If a faster service was available… (please respond with one of the following):

  • Yes I would sign up to faster broadband
  • No I don’t need a faster service
  • Other / not sure
  • I decline to share this information with the Parish Council

Please feel free to add a short note if you want to provide any further clarity on your response, volunteer to help the campaign or if the choices don’t fit your situation.

Question 3

If the council need to share my details with potential providers of a faster broadband service

  • Yes, I am happy for my details to be shared
  • No, please don’t share my details

If you don’t have access to email and you want to respond please drop a note to Councillor Park-Weir at Homestead, Green Lane

Thank you for your help

Ellisfield Parish Council

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Dear Ellisfield residents

Ellisfield Parish Council has been asked to publicise this Mid Examination Local Plan Re-Consultation. In that Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council (BDBC) have proposed significant modifications to its original submission of their proposed Local Plan (2011-2029).

After initial submission for examination in October 2014, the Inspector, confirming that all prior submissions had been considered, required BDBC to enhance their plans. Thus Main Modifications to this Submission, some of which the Full Council (BDBC) have upheld, have been scrutinised and are now for public review prior to further approval/amendment or whatever.

The deadline for this mid examination and re-consultation is 4pm on Monday, 22 June 2015.

The BDBC agreed modifications include;

  • an increased annual housing requirement for 2011-2029 from 748 to 850 per year;  effectively doubling building total to 15,300 dwellings with an additional 7,600 homes.
  • the allocation of an additional housing site of 750 dwellings at Hounsome Fields; southwest of Basingstoke along the Winchester Road, and involving Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Show People accommodation sites.
  • the inclusion of a job target of 450-700 jobs per year across various sectors including; -specialist/advanced manufacturing (with R&D); – enhanced offices for financial & business services in Basingstoke town (many offices still considered poor quality); – plus distribution and logistics business enhancement with extra warehousing facilities.
  • all economic growth being supported by enhanced fibre optic broadband and mobile telecommunications and increased social infrastructure in education and training to obtain the necessary skills, knowledge and competencies.  Unemployment being only 2.4% in Basingstoke and recruitment often seeking migration to fulfil, as recently publicised.
  • loss of leisure facilities at Basingstoke Municipal Golf Course, for example.
  • all extra building being proposed on 12 greenfield sites, although two additional brownfield sites added previously seemingly of lesser significance within this enhanced plan.

Although Ellisfield is not marked on the BDBC map, it is being fully consulted. Without doubt, it can be concluded that this enhanced Local Plan brings urbanisation closer to the rural villages around Basingstoke, which may or may not be to residents desires. Certainly nearby roads such as A339 and Cliddesden to Preston Candover Road, via Axford, will possibly/likely be affected with potentially 10,000 or more local vehicles.  To say nothing of other commercial centres having an outlying affect. However economic growth does bring many advantages too.

For your assistance; research can be found at http://southwestactiongroup.wix.com/swag from its extensive activities, recent public response and meeting.

Thus. full details of this re-consultation are at;   www.basingstoke.gov.uk/localplan   with all updated documentation referenced, and comments about;

  • the necessary infrastructure to cope with this enhanced Local Plan;
  • water quality modelling to assess potential impacts on river deterioration, conservation and habitats, disposal of wastewater and possible flooding concerns;
  • transport assessment and suggested mitigation measures to accommodate increased traffic on the highway network;
  • discussions with the local education authorities and neighbouring local authorities;  and
  • its apparent assumption that building will include Affordable Housing as mixed housing developments but that parish needs will likely flow from this Local Plan in Neighbourhood Plans, once, or if, it is fully approved.

These documents are available for public inspection at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Offices between hours 8.30am to 5.00pm on Mondays to Thursdays, and 6.30am to 4.30pm on Fridays, and at all public libraries.

An individual representation form can also be downloaded/completed and returned by email to;

  1. local.plan@Basingstoke.gov.uk or
  2. by fax to 01256 845200
  3. for further information and advice please contact Planning Policy Team – 01256 845450.

 

 

Village Broadband Latest

Despite the decision by HCC/BT to include Ellisfield North in the next wave of the fast broadband programme for delivery by 2019 (but to exclude Ellisfield South),  we are still exploring the possibility of a village-wide and much earlier solution.  We have the previous pledges still standing and, in addition,  the prospect of pledges from households who were awaiting BT speed indications in their locality.  There still exists the possibility of outside funding bridging the gap, but this remains elusive.

In this  context we have succeeded in securing a modest price reduction, contingent on a local project going ahead, with the result that the total pledges now account for half of the required amount for a village-wide BT Fibre to the Cabinet solution.   Furthermore BT have at last now supplied indicative speeds for most of the selected Ellisfield North properties, based on the actual physical line characteristics, as opposed to a notional figure driven by the distance from the cabinet.  This is not possible for Ellisfield South given that the network would have to be first reconfigured to make such predictions.  EPC have therefore filled in the gaps in the best way possible from known information.  The speeds shown below should be considered indicative and not a guarantee.

Copper Beaches Axford Road RG25 2QG 50 + Mbps
Coopers farm Bell Lane RG25 2QD 25 + Mbps
Ivy Cottage Bell Lane RG25 2QD 50 + Mbps
The Old Manor Church Lane RG25 2QR 40 + Mbps
Drumbeg College Lane RG25 2QE 50 + Mbps
College Farm College Lane RG25 2QE 50 + Mbps
Northgate Farm Northgate Lane RG25 2QT 20 + Mbps
Pullens Cottage Green Lane RG25 2QP 15 + Mbps
Upper Common Cottage Green Lane RG25 2QW 10 + Mbps
Mayfield Green Lane RG25 2QL 20 + Mbps
Oak Hill Green Lane RG25 2QL 25 + Mbps
Penny Cottage Green Lane RG25 2QP 15 + Mbps
5 Farriers Field Green Lane RG25 2QQ 3 + Mbps

We look forward to receiving additional pledges and will review the situation at the end of March regarding the options for bridging the funding gap.

Julian Wright, Ellisfield Parish Council

Broadband update

Dear Ellisfield resident

Hampshire County Council (HCC) have now signed a contract with BT Openreach for the second stage of their Superfast Broadband programme and issued a press release explaining that Superfast coverage will extend to 95% of the county, completing by mid 2019.

http://www.hampshiresuperfastbroadband.com/news/2014/12/19/hampshire-set-to-reach-95-of-premises-with-high-speed-broadband/

HCC have given Ellisfield Parish Council (EPC) an early view of the scope of the second contract, prior to the details being published on the HCC website by the end of January.  We understand that the Ellisfield North (Herriard 2) cabinet is included in the later stages of the programme but the Ellisfield South, Berrydown Lane and Grammarsham Lane properties are not covered.  By way of reminder the Ellisfield North (Herriard 2) cabinet is the existing BT cabinet at the junction between College Lane and Church Lane.  This cabinet is connected to 50 houses plus the solar farm and anaerobic digester sites (Bell Lane, Green Lane from Meadow View, College Lane from College Farm, Church Lane, Northgate Lane and Bushywarren Lane).

Given the rural demographics we are pleased to see that there is at least some HCC investment  proposed for Ellisfield.  The EPC Broadband Team will continue to work on options to provide Superfast broadband to the whole village, through public or private funding or a combination of the two.   We still have not received the estimated fast broadband speeds achievable for the various houses for which it was requested and will continue to press for this BT promised information.  In addition we are still investigating whether any of the businesses on Bushywarren Lane would benefit from a quicker roll out of fast broadband and so would contribute to this or would be willing to make a community support donation to help the disadvantaged residents in Ellisfield South.

We will be providing a full update on the broadband project at the next EPC meeting on Monday 26th January (the meeting will commence at 7:30pm in the Memorial Hall).

Regards

Jacqueline Matthews

Ellisfield Parish Clerk

Phone: 01256 381149

Mobile: 07816 630 658